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Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, NLT)
You’ve sent out a query letter. Or two. Or twenty – for the same article or book idea.
And now with plenty of rejections lining your walls or crickets in your inbox, you may be tempted to give up.
“If you are serious about getting published,” says Chuck Sambuchino, best-selling author and editor, “Then don’t even think about giving up until you’ve queried at least one hundred agents.”
Reasons your query may get the thumbs down? The publication just printed an article on the same topic. The agent just signed three writers. The magazine just changed editors and direction. Or a host of other reasons.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encouraged listeners to persist. “Keep on asking,” He said. “Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking.” Jesus goes on to explain that parents want to give good gifts to their children, and so does God.
And so do editors and agents.
They’re in the business of finding writers who can share God’s message with a hurting world.
So when your query letter is rejected over and over, study the feedback and make adjustments. And do what Jesus commanded.
Persist. Keep sending it out.
Persist in sending out query letters.
I confess to you that I can get discouraged when rejection letters keep coming my way. Yet You tell me to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. Help me to keep improving my query letter and keep persisting.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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